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Garden Ampitheatre: Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Written by Ria Jose

A lot of travelers visit Davao to getaway from their bustling busy lives because in this city you can literally go from downtown to the mountains (or to the beach) in just a few hours. And one of the most popular destinations is a mountain resort that offers both adrenaline-pumping adventure and calming relaxation in a cool climate, Eden Nature Park and Resort. This year, Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years of being one of the top resorts in Davao.

Since it opened in October 1997, Eden has captured the hearts and imagination of Davaoeños and tourists, alike. It opened with offers of day tours and guided tours around its expansive 80-hectare property. It became a popular choice for locals touring their visiting family and friends around Davao. With its picturesque views and proximity to nature, Eden also became one of the most desired venue for weddings, seminars, retreats, and special events.

Eden Nature Park Amenities and Facilities

Eden has various attractions and amenities that is sure to delight guests of all ages and interests. The resort boasts of four food and beverage outlets that serve buffet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and various ala carte options. Their F&B outlets highlight their fresh produce and artisan sauces and condiments. You can also get your fill of Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo at Eden.

For nature lovers and gardeners, Eden has sprawling gardens that feature various flora such as herbs, vegetables, and popular endemic flowers. Large trees, endemic animals, and domesticated animals also inhabit the park.

Flower Well of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Flower Well of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Eden provides the best Instagram spots to capture your memories and showcase the beauty of nature.

Another attraction of Eden is the Cultural Village that displays and highlights the Indigenous Tribes and cultures of Mindanao. On display are traditional houses and cultural artifacts. A local group of dancers welcome visitors with a music and dance presentation.

Other park facilities include a pool, a fishing village, and a butterfly house.

To fully enjoy these facilities, we suggest you take the guided shuttle tour. Or, if you are the more adventurous type, pack your comfy shoes and get a hiking trail map from the lobby. You can explore more of Eden’s more rustic and rugged areas while trekking.

Where Nature Meets Adventure

True to its tagline of being the place “Where Nature Meets Adventure,” Eden has expanded their facilities to delight the hearts of adventure-seekers. In 2000, Eden introduced the SkyRider, a zipline ride overlooking the countryside. In 2005, it introduced the SkyCycle. And in 2015, the SkySwing was launched.

Check out this video by the Davao Bloggers to see how Eden is a haven where nature meets adventure.

From functions halls and food outlets to gardens and a cultural village, Eden offers a memorable immersive experience for tourists and locals. And for those who want to get away from the hustle bustle of the city for more than just one day, Eden has sixty-three rooms and cottages that can accommodate couples, families, small groups, and solo travelers.

And this 2017, Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years of being one of Davao’s prime destinations for locals and tourists.

Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Eden has been serving Davaoeños and tourists with topnotch accommodations, well-maintained facilities, and friendly service for 20 years now. We dare say that no visitor has left Eden without happy memories. Just check blog posts, videos, and social media updates about visits to Eden. Surely, you will see vibrant smiles and joyous moments captured and shared.

Davao Bloggers at the Cultural Village of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Davao Bloggers at the Cultural Village of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

And there is even more to smile about as Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years with month-long promotions.

Eden Nature Park Davao 20th Year Promo

Eden Nature Park Davao 20th Year Promo

From October 1 to 30, 2017, you can enjoy an overnight stay for two in Eden’s Deluxe rooms for only P2,000. Accommodations at Family Cottages and Mountain Villas are available at 20% off. And all Day Tour Packages and Rides like the Skyswing, Skycycle, Skyrider, and Guided Shuttle Tour are at P20.00 off.

So gather the gang, set a date, and get ready to share memorable moments at Eden Nature Park and Resort where nature meets adventure.

For more information, visit the Eden Nature Park and Resort website at
https://www.edennaturepark.com.ph. To be updated about their latest events and promotions, like their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/edennatureparkdavao. And follow them on Instagram @edendavao.

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Salomon X Trail Davao

Salomon X Trail Davao Results | Kadayawan 2017 Event

Written by Ria Jose

The 32nd Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival was definitely a big success. Events peppered the entire city. Despite the Martial Law restrictions, everybody had fun. Davaoeños and tourists did not lack in events and activities to do and enjoy. 2017 Salomon X Trail Davao is one of the few Kadayawan events for adventure seekers and athletes. The Davao Leg was held in Ma-a, Davao City last August 20, 2017. The event was a tiring but fun and fulfilling experience for all participants.

Salomon X Trail Davao Participants

Salomon X Trail Davao Participants

Salomon X Trail Davao Winners

X trail runners were well-conditioned and ready to enjoy the run. A few emerged ahead of the pack and were awarded with cash prizes, Salomon and Primer Group products, and a Salomon X Trail Medal.

Jun Saromines arrived at the finish line first, completing the course in just 1 hour, 10 minutes and 30 seconds. In second and third places are Buddy Paraguire (1:12:26) and Nikko Romero (1:19:49).

In the female division, Rose Jaro was the fastest finishing the course in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 49 seconds. She was followed by Joy Mawalic (1:47:09) and Jennifer Lerio (1:56:06).

Salomon X Trail Davao Female Podium Finishers

Salomon X Trail Davao Female Podium Finishers

Salomon X Trail Sponsors

X Trail Davao was presented by Salomon. Event sponsors include Ahon Socks, ROX Philippines, Primer Group of Companies, Sea to Summit, Manors Ma-a, Camella, Omega Pain Killer, Paglas Corporation, Unifrutti Philippines,
and Fruit of the Earth Calmansinade.

The event is sponsored and supported by the Local City Government of Davao through the Office of the City Mayor – Sara Z. Duterte and the Office of the City Vice-Mayor Pulong Duterte.
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ROX Bike Out Davao

Written by Ria Jose

ROX and its partners invites cycling enthusiasts to join ROX Bike Out Davao this weekend.

Bike Out Davao

ROX Bike Out Davao

The Bike Out is on August 27, 2017, Sunday. The starting point is at Abreeza.

Interested participants may register at ROX Abreeza Ayala Mall by signing up and paying a fee of only P250. The registration fee is inclusive of the Bike Out Jersey and light snacks. And all registered participants will also enjoy a 15% discount on selected products of ROX.

Aside from the jersey, ROX also requires all participants to use a Helmet and to bring a 500 mL water bottle.

Bike Out Davao Recommended Gear

ROX Bike Out Davao Recommended Gear


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Kanakbai Resort in Dahican, Mati

Written by Ria Jose

I am not a beach person, but if I were to visit one beach over and over again, it would be Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. The reason why I’m in love with Dahican is the gorgeous yet relatively deserted beach coupled with the very modern amenities of Kanakbai Resort.

First, look at the shoreline…

Shoreline in front of Kanakbai in Dahican Mati Davao Oriental

Shoreline in front of Kanakbai in Dahican

So tranquil and quiet. And yes, a bit deserted. This is right in front of Kanakbai Resort. Only a few minutes walk away from one of the most exciting surfing spots in the country.

One of the houses in Kanakbai in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

One of the houses in Kanakbai in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental


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The Vanishing Island

Written by Ria Jose

Vanishing Island at the Island Garden City of Samal

Vanishing Island at the Island Garden City of Samal

One luxury we have here in Davao is our proximity to the ocean and the beach. The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) is around 10 minutes to 1 hour away depending on which part of the island you’re going to and from which wharf you’re coming from. One islet that belongs to IGACOS is the Vanishing Island.

Remember when former Binibining Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales was asked how many island there are in the Philippine archipelago? And she answered with “Low tide or high tide?” I’m not too sure if she was talking about the IGACOS Vanishing Island but it is one of those islands that vanish during high tide. When we went there for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour, it was before lunch time and the tide was still low. Lookie…

Vanishing Island during Low Tide

Vanishing Island during Low Tide
Image by Renz Bulseco of The Traveling Nomad.


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Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar

Written by Ria Jose

Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar

Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar

After the wildly successful Sunday food bazaar Sabroso, Davao is bracing itself for another exciting weekend market, the Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar. Beginning June 16, foodies and shoppers alike will have a new place to go to, the Damosa Gateway Megatent, home to Todo Merkado.

Todo Merkado will showcase the best food and shopping finds in Davao City, highlighting the enterprises of “Momtrepreneurs.” It gives a venue for home-based cooks and entrepreneurs to offer their unique creations and wares to Davaoenos.
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